How to improve Creative Writing: Understanding Marking Rubrics

Marking Rubrics

A couple of months ago, we posted a set of 12 Creative Writing Tips. However, they were edited for a Facebook audience and some information was left out. We are pleased to present the full set for your reading pleasure as requested by some parents.

We hope that with this full set, you’ll be able to understand the requirements of the continuous writing component of Paper 1, and help your child understand how to tweak his writing to ensure the requirements are met. With these tips, we are confident that your child will be able to improve on his creative writing. At the same time, please check our webpage every now and then for more information and tips. If you prefer frequent and bite-size tips, do like our Facebook Page. Without further ado, let’s talk about the marking rubrics.

Teachers generally divided the marking rubrics into two sections – content and language. We know that children can write other genres for the continuous writing component, we will only be concentrating on Narrative genre as Expository writing requires a rather different style.

Marking Rubrics

For a child to score well in content, their essay must be:

  1. clearly focused on the theme
  2. based on at least one of the given pictures
  3. succinct, impactful and relevant
  4. well organised
  5. well developed

For a child to score well in language, their essay must:

  1. use correctly a variety of sentence structures
  2. demonstrate the correct use of grammar, including tenses
  3. use correct spelling
  4. use appropriate punctuation
  5. employ an apt and effective choice of vocabulary

In the tips found below, I will go through how to improve the content, as well as how to improve the language.

  1. Focus on the theme
  2. Creating conflicts
  3. Controlling your emotions
  4. (I)nner Sensations
  5. (D)ialogue
  6. (E)motional Expressions
  7. (A)ctions
  8. Stretching the Tension
  9. A Perfect ending?
  10. Sentence variety
  11. Types of sentences
  12. Understanding your teacher’s marking